Samatha is a Buddhist term that is often translated as “tranquility of the mind.” The Pali Canon describes it as one of two qualities of mind which is developed in Buddhist meditation, the other being vipassana (insight). When these two qualities are balanced, meditation can yield deeper results.

Over the course of this retreat we will practice and learn how to adjust and balance these two qualities in our meditation method in response to our present moment mental state for a more fruitful path of practice. Cultivating and abiding in tranquility can be a wonderful support during difficult times. The clear seeing that comes with practicing with tranquility can help us face the world with greater capacity and deeper insight.

This retreat will be held in noble silence and is open to beginning and experienced students. The retreat content will include:

  • Seated meditation practice and instruction on how to cultivate and balance
  • Samatha (tranquility)
  • Vipassana (clear seeing)
  • Instruction for practicing while standing, walking, laying down, and throughout daily life
  • Breathing exercises, guidance on meditation posture, and self-massage
  • Optional daily qi gong



On September 15 our new vaccine requirement goes into effect. Attendees on this retreat will be required to be fully vaccinated and at least two weeks past the date of their second shot (or first, if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). You will be required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival; please don’t submit verification before that.

With the vaccination policy in place we will allow participants to remove their masks if they so choose. However, we may ask retreatants to continue masking depending on changing conditions related to the highly-transmissable delta variant, or if other more virulent and transmissable covid-19 variants arise.

A medical exception is in place to allow registration for those with a letter from an MD verifying the medical nature of the exemption. This exception and the accompanying documentation must be provided at the time of registration.

We will be housing participants in retreats after September 15 in single and double rooms, following Cloud Mountain’s customary practice of assigning housing based on registration order. The earliest registrants will be assigned to our single rooms. When the singles have been filled we will assign registrants to doubles.


The retreat container will be constructed in accordance with the current covid-19 conditions at the time to maximize individual and group health.  We reserve the right to adjust expectations of acceptable behaviors within the retreat environment according to changing covid-19 conditions. PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT OUR COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS.



Scholarship funds are available on all retreats to assist those with financial challenges. For more information, read the Scholarship section of our overview information.


Subsidized fee : $210 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Sustaining fee : $240 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Supporting fee : $270 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Following in the Buddhist tradition, none of your registration fee will go to the teacher(s). Please consider offering teacher dāna at the event to support their livelihood. (Dāna is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving. You can find more information about this way of offering the teachings and the "economy of gifts" on our Donation page.)


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